News Briefs

The U.S. bishops’ conference announced on Feb. 8 that it is launching a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue to be headed by Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago. • Just days before Pope Francis was scheduled to visit a prison in Ciudad Juárez, a brutal fight between rival factions on Feb. 11 at a different prison in northern Mexico resulted in the deaths of 52 inmates. • Meeting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq on Feb. 10, Pope Francis expressed his hope that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring divided peoples together. • Yu Zhengsheng, a member of China’s Politburo, told faith leaders on Feb. 4 that religious groups must promote Chinese culture and become more compatible with socialism. •The president of the Brazilian bishops’ conference criticized a proposal by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that countries allow abortion in cases in which the mother was infected with the Zika virus. • On Feb. 9 the Vatican named Natasa Govekar, a Slovenian theologian, as the director of a new theological-pastoral department within the Secretariat for Communications. • Pope Francis named Msgr. Peter B. Wells, a native of Tulsa, Okla., as the next papal nuncio to South Africa and Botswana on Feb. 9.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Alan Jacobs has dedicated most of his career to bridging gaps not only between Christians and non-Christians but also between disciplines and audiences.
David J. MichaelApril 23, 2018
 Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people in a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 12, 2015, file photo. Pastoral care of the poor and those in need has been emphasis of the pontificate of Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis has brought the legacy of the great saint of Assisi to the very heart of the church’s proclamation to the modern world.
Robert W. McElroyApril 23, 2018
Cuba’s new leader may feel he has to show public fealty to the older generation of the country’s revolutionary leaders.
Philip BrennerApril 23, 2018
It takes us a while to celebrate the Resurrection.
James Martin, S.J.April 23, 2018